While some suggested in the offseason that McKinney could supplant Ruddy as the starter, that's not what McKinney is focusing on right now.
"I'm trying to make the team," McKinney said. "Every play I go out there I don't want to screw up."
Barring a major catastrophe, McKinney shouldn't be concerned about making the team. The only question with him is how much playing time he will get.
McKinney has gotten most of his work in camp at center, but he also could wind up seeing some action at guard at some point.
So far in camp, so good for the former All-American from Texas A&M.
"I think I'm picking up the plays pretty good," he said. "We went down to Tennessee, and I felt I didn't make too many mistakes. The one-on-one pass rush is the thing I'm focusing on right now. But I feel good about my game."
McKinney didn't feel good about his hair after the veteran offensive linemen on the team got down with him and left him with a monk haircut.
So McKinney decided to just shave the whole thing, which made his wife a little happier than she was before.
"I was tired of looking like a 70-year-old man," he said. "My wife is not OK with this, but she likes it better (than the monk style)."